As I get ready for the arrival of our third baby, I’ve been stocking up some meals in the freezer to simplify the mealtimes of those early days. I’ve received some inquiries asking what I’m preparing, so here is a glimpse into my freezer so far:
Chili for a Crowd (frozen flat in freezer bags and in jars)
Homemade Pizzas (uncooked, prepared on cake boards & wrapped)
Bags of cooked, shredded Chicken
Cooked Taco-Seasoned Meat
Sliced Meats (for sandwiches/finger foods)
Nitrite-Free Hot Dogs & Gluten-Free Buns
Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce
I often prepare some cooked grains & beans to freeze, too, but I haven’t done that yet. In my pantry, I’ve also stocked a few cans of organic beans, canned salmon, and coconut milk.
Frozen Fruit & Berries for Smoothies (I keep lots of homemade yogurt in the fridge, since I made a gallon or more at a time regularly.)
Apple Muffins (from Better Homes & Gardens, but made gluten-free)
Pumpkin Bars (from Better Homes & Gardens, but made gluten-free)
Artisan Bread (for sandwiches or toast)
In my pantry, I’ve stocked up on some quick-cooking options, such as quinoa flakes, popcorn, polenta, gluten-free oats, and millet. I’ll also be restocking my pantry with more homemade crackers, homemade trail mix, and Power Bars & homemade jerky (from Healthy Snacks to Go, 2nd Edition). For the birth and postpartum recovery stage, I’ve also stored plenty of coconut water and Recharge for nourishing rehydration.
Bags of pre-cut frozen veggies (broccoli, peas, mixed veggies, zucchini, bell peppers, etc.)
Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
I’ll probably put some homemade pudding in the fridge, too (a new family favorite from Healthy Snacks to Go, 2nd edition)!
I’ve prepared all items to be gluten-free. For the most part, most dishes were made as “double-batches” during my regular meal preparations, and then just froze half. Only occasionally have I scheduled a “freezer-cooking day.”